Turkish officials say they believe journalist was killed at Saudi consulate

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. — File

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. — File

The hotly anticipated speech by the Turkish president was expected to shed further light on the country's investigations into the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi who hasn't been seen since he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying "he has left","Erdoğan said during a joint press conference with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on October 8". If they ask for that, of course, we will allow them. Our aim is to reach a conclusion. "We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament", the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday. "We have to get a conclusion as soon as possible".

Saudi officials have denied they murdered the journalist.

Riyadh vehemently denies the claim and says Khashoggi left the consulate.

'His friends had warned him, 'Don't go there, it is not safe, ' but he said they could not do anything to him in Turkey, ' said Aktay.

"Khashoggi discussed whether to go there with his fiancee beforehand". We have some concrete information; it won't be an unsolved crime. "If they consider Turkey as it was like in the 1990s, they are mistaken". "The consulate should make a clear explanation".

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

Turkish and Saudi officials have offered conflicting accounts of his disappearance, with Ankara saying there was no evidence he had left the diplomatic mission and Riyadh saying he exited the premises the same day.

"God willing, we will not be faced with the situation we do not desire", he said.

Erdogan said that he hoped to have the results "very quickly" over the incident involving a "journalist I knew for a long time" and a "friend".

Turkish police investigating the case said in a statement Saturday that 15 Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and entered the consulate while Khashoggi was inside.

Officials have said "the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate".

Multiple media reports say that the group of 15 Saudis descended on the consulate Tuesday and later left.

Saudi authorities rejected the allegations as "baseless" and said a team of investigators had been sent to the Turkish city to help look into the case.

Reacting to the news, the journalist's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said on Twitter she was "waiting for an official confirmation from the Turkish government to believe it".

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Post who has been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday at the consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi is a familiar face on political talk shows on Arab satellite television networks and used to advise Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States and Britain.

Khashoggi has been in self-imposed exile for the past year. This latest outrage just confirms that the crown prince is now more despot than reformer. The Reagan administration preserved USA alliances and partnerships with countries such as South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Chile while also encouraging them-sometimes quietly and sometimes loudly-along the path to democratic transitions.

The Trump family - in particular the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner - has established a close bond with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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